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North Korea threatens nuclear attacks to U.S. targets

Korean missiles threat

Seoul, Apr. 4.─ North Korea's army said Thursday that it had received approval for a "cutting edge" nuclear strike on the United States, adding that the situation on the Korean Peninsula had reached an explosive stage.

The threat followed the North's move Wednesday to ban South Korean workers from a joint industrial complex that has long stood as a symbol of the tenuous peace on the peninsula. South Korea's defense minister said Seoul would consider military action if the safety of workers is put at risk.

Those moves raised concerns in the region about the prospect for armed conflict amid uncertainty on whether the North is blustering, bluffing or becoming more dangerous than it has been since the Korean War.

In Washington, the Pentagon announced Wednesday that the U.S. will deploy a sophisticated anti-missile defense system to Guam in response to North Korean threat ...

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